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Transcript of Jane Austen
Moriah Bacon Biography Family Life, Education, and Love Austen's Works Feminism Writing Style Themes Austen's Influence Born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, England
Parents: Reverend George Austen and Cassandra Austen
She was the seventh child.
Died on July 18, 1817 at the age of 41 She was very close to Cassandra: “if Cassandra were going to have her head cut off, Jane would insist on sharing her fate” Austen grew up in a literary environment.
Her family had a library with over 500 books.
Austen once said, “her family were great novel readers, and not afraid of being so”
Her family enjoyed putting on plays at the Steventon Rectory Jane wrote humorous stories and parodies for her family's entertainment. These childhood works were compiled as Austen's Juvenilia. She had a warm personality and was once described as “the prettiest, silliest, most affected husband-hunting butterfly she has ever remembered” by a neighbor. She enjoyed attending parties and interacting with people. George Austen was a strong proponent of education for his sons and daughters. He sent Jane and Cassandra to Ann Cooper Cawley, the widow of a head of Oxford college for schooling. The girls almost contracted typhus and were sent back home.
Later on, Austen attended Abbey Boarding School with her sister Cassandra. This school resembles Mrs. Goddard's casual school in Emma. In 1795, Austen met Thomas Lefroy. They flirted for a year, until his aunt sent him away because Lefroy would be disinherited if he married Austen. Education Love Years later, Lefroy confirmed that he had been in love with Austen, but that it was only a boyish love. She also met a man during a seaside vacation, but he died soon after the vacation ended.
Some believe that characters in Persuasion are based off this relationship In 1802, Austen accepted Harris Bigg-Wither's marriage proposal. He was a family friend and would soon inherit an estate. Austen immediately regretted her decision and broke the engagement the next day. Ironically, Austen never married. Northanger Abbey
Written in 1798
Published posthumously in 1817.
Originally titled Susan
Satirized Gothic romances Sense and Sensibility (1811)
First published novel
Originally in epistolary form
Revolves around two sisters, Elinor and Marianne
Based off of Jane’s relationship with Cassandra
The love story parallels the relationship between Cassandra and Thomas Fowle. Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Originally titled First Impressions
George Austen attempted to have it published but the company refused to even look at it.
The story also parallels Jane and Cassandra’s relationship
Parts of the story were written around real life events such as the impending French invasion which caused militias to be stationed in South England. Mansfield Park (1814)
Parallels a dinner party that Jane was forced to attend at the age of twelve
Fanny Price, the heroine of the story, is put in many uncomfortable situations involving conversing with strangers. Emma (1816)
Completely written in less than 14 months
Dedicated the novel to Prince Regent (George Augustus Frederick), a fan of her novels
Did not sell well because the second edition of Mansfield Park was released at the same time Persuasion
Was written between 1815 and 1816, but was not published until after Austen’s death by her brother Henry.
Austen was still working on revisions while she was ill. Education Morality Gender Politics Social Classes Austen is not usually associated with the other feminist women of her time, like Mary Wollstonecraft But she employs a different form of feminism through her strong willed characters. All of Austen's characters marry for love, rather than social status. In a letter to her niece, Austen says that "Anything is to be preferred or endured rather than marrying without affection." Over 55 television shows and movies based on her books
Multiple sequels written to her novels by various authors
1995 Clueless movie is based off of Austen’s Emma
“Jane Austen Quote of the Day Blog” Her style is a mix between neoclassicism and romanticism.
Neoclassicism: the revival of a classic form; is logical and follows a structured form Exercised the use of sharp sarcastic wit in all of her writings
Was able to slip deep and meaningful insights into her words (social commentary) Her characters’ words and actions build up slowly to create a vivid picture of each one.
As far as scenery, she never really focused on it, but usually just set up the basics and explained details later through dialogue. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7fwgk_stephen-colbert-jane-austen_fun?start=100 Two Truths and a Lie!